Near-Infrared Spectroscopy Predicts Cardiovascular Outcome in Patients With Coronary Artery Disease

Rohit Oemrawsingh, Jin Ming Cheng, Hector Garcia Garcia, Robert Jan van Geuns, Sanneke Boer, Cihan Simsek, Isabella Kardys, Mattie Lenzen, Ron van Domburg, Evelyn Regar, PWJC (Patrick) Serruys, Martijn Akkerhuis, Eric Boersma

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BACKGROUND Near-infrared spectroscopy (NIRS) is capable of identifying lipid core-containing plaques, which can subsequently be quantified as a lipid core burden index (LCBI). Currently, no data are available on the long-term prognostic value of NIRS in patients with coronary artery disease (CAD). OBJECTIVES This study sought to determine the long-term prognostic value of intracoronary NIRS as assessed in a nonculprit vessel in patients with CAD. METHODS In this prospective, observational study, NIRS imaging was performed in a nonculprit coronary artery in 203 patients referred for angiography due to stable angina pectoris (SAP) or acute coronary syndrome (ACS). The primary endpoint was the composite of all-cause mortality, nonfatal ACS, stroke, and unplanned coronary revascularization. RESULTS The 1-year cumulative incidence of the primary endpoint was 10.4%. Cumulative 1-year rates in patients with an LCBI equal to and above the median (43.0) versus those with LCBI values below the median were 16.7% versus 4.0% (adjusted hazard ratio: 4.04; 95% confidence interval: 1.33 to 12.29; p = 0.01). The relation between LCBI and the primary endpoint was similar in SAP and ACS patients (p value for heterogeneity = 0.14). Similar differences between high and low LCBI were observed in pre-specified secondary endpoints. CONCLUSION CAD patients with an LCBI equal to or above the median of 43.0, as assessed by NIRS in a nonculprit coronary artery, had a 4-fold risk of adverse cardiovascular events during 1-year follow-up. This observation warrants confirmation by larger studies with extended follow-up. (C) 2014 by the American College of Cardiology Foundation.
Original languageUndefined/Unknown
Pages (from-to)2510-2518
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of the American College of Cardiology
Issue number23
Publication statusPublished - 2014

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